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Harvey Milk, Chavela Vargas, Ellen DeGeneres, Jodie Foster, Ellen Page…these are only a few of the famous activists, artists and movie stars who had the courage to take the stage and be open about their sexual orientation. Although nowadays we are witnessing an unprecedented liberalization of views and acceptance of sexual minorities, there are still places around the world, where same-sex relationships and non-heteronormative individuals meet with social exclusion. Therefore, MyGender Research Club is inviting members of the Warsaw queer community to take part in the event Open Mic - Take the Stage to Tell Your Story, where the participants will have an opportunity to tell their own stories. Guests will also be able to enjoy a performance by a special guest, Meloe Gennai from Switzerland, a spoken word performer and lawyer, who will be in Warsaw to attend the ILGA-Europe Conference.

Open Mic

November
2 2017

Warsaw

First International Project of MyGender Research Club

Open Mic - Take the Stage to Tell Your Story has been organized by Sandra Frydrysiak, Ph.D. and Weronika Lewandowska, Ph.D., academics from SWPS University. It is a side event of ILGA-Europe Annual Conference co-organized by Kampania Przeciw Homofobii [Campaign Against Homophobia] (KPH), an organization that supports LGBTQ+ individuals in Poland.

The aim of the project is to provide a space (not only for performances, but also for a discussion on issues important to the LGBTQ+ community), where the members of the Research Club and other students of SWPS University can meet with international community of academics and LGBTQ+ activists.

Open Mic and Open Mind

Every story has the power to make people laugh, move them to tears or to shock them. Therefore, it pays to build up the courage and tell your own story. Open Mic has be created for that very reason. You can tell any story in a format of your choice. All types of stories are welcome.

Open Mic will have a format of a competition, where participants will tell, sing or dance their stories on stage and the audience will choose the best performance.

Our goal is to show that SWPS University is a prejudice-free organization and supports equal rights for everyone.

Sandra Frydrysiak, Ph.D.

 

AGENDA

  • 21.30-22.00
    An interview with Meloe Gennai, a spoken word performer and lawyer from Switzerland.

  • 22.00-23.00
    Performances

  • 23.00-23.30
    People’s Choice Award: voting and winner announcement

 

Rules for Participants

  • Interested parties should register with the hosts of the evening (members of MyGender Research Club), at least 30 minutes before the start of the event.
  • Every performer has 6 minutes to tell their story.
  • The audience votes for the best performance (voting ballots will be distributed at the beginning of the event).
  • The winner will receive a surprise award sponsored by KPH.

Time and Location

November 2, 2017, 21.30-23.30

Klub Pogłos, Burakowska 12, 00-001 Warsaw

Organizers

MyGender Research Club at SWPS University

Kampania Przeciw Homofobii [Campaign Against Homophobia] (KPH)

 

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